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Lean Manufacturing ZAE201


You will engage in a practical visualisation and value stream mapping exercises and an intensive workshop that will enable you to acquire and apply core principles and practices of ‘Lean’ manufacturing. Through observation and practice, will gain insight into the use of Lean as a systematic approach to ‘pull’ or demand-based production management, reduce wasted materials and effort, maximise use of time and space, increase value creation from the customer point of view, and engage in a continuous cycle of refinement and improvement. You will also examine related approaches to efficiency in manufacturing such as equipment availability, performance and quality measurement (‘OEE’ and ‘TEEP’) and ‘Six Sigma’ approaches to the management of output variability. You will identify opportunities to apply what you have learnt to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a selected manufacturing process system or product through onsite experience in a manufacturing facility, or in a simulated setting.


Unit name Lean Manufacturing
Unit code ZAE201
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Equipment Design


Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Learning Outcomes

1. Use Lean principles and tools to identify efficiency problems and solutions in manufacturing

2. Undertake analysis, inquiry and stakeholder consultation to identify process and systems improvement opportunities within a manufacturing context

3. Define, communicate and evaluate improvement plans



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1. Improvement report (30%)

2. Workshop: Lean review (40%)

3. Case study (30%)

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